Government Accountability Office, "INDIAN EDUCATION: Actions Needed to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive Special Education Services," GAO-20-358: Published: May 22, 2020. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 2020.
Are Native American students with disabilities getting the services they need?
Some in Bureau of Indian Education schools may not be.
Each of these students has an individualized education plan outlining the type, frequency, and duration of services the school is legally required to provide—e.g., physical therapy. Schools must log when and for how long the services in each plan are provided to students.
But schools didn’t provide or didn’t log almost 40% of students’ planned service time. The Bureau could do more to oversee and support schools in providing services.
Our recommendations are to help the Bureau better meet these students’ needs